Feedback on the Global Online Programmes
The Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) has been holding Online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During 11-12 April 2020, two webinars on COVID-19 were held. Videos of the programmes are available to watch or download.
On 13 and 14 June 2020, the first Online Global Akhanda Gayatri Chanting was heldfor 24-hours. Devotees joined Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for continuous chanting of the Gayatri Mantra.. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has emphasised that if all humanity prays together at one time, things will certainly become better. At present, humanity is facing several challenges and global prayers such as the Akhanda Gayatri will help alleviate the situation.
In addition, the SSIO held an Online Guru Poornima celebration on 4 and 5 July 2020. Videos of these programmes are available to watch or download.
On 20 June 2020 an online International Veda Programme for Young Adults was launched with an inaugural keynote talk by Dr. Narendranath Reddy. The printed material and keynote talk are available to view or download.
Thesecond 24-hour Global Akhanda Gayatri chanting was held during 15-16 August 2020.
Devotees of all ages, across the globe participated enthusiastically in these programmes. The Online Guru Poornima proceedings were made available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Greek.
The SSIO received several positive feedbacks from devotees around the world regarding the SSIO online programmes, as noted below.
Feedback / Experiences of Online Programmes
Aum Sai Ram...
Wanted to take a moment to share a little bit of good news. Western Europe has been experiencing a heat wave for the past 2 weeks with temperatures above 36 degrees for consecutive days. In some warmer climates this may not be unusual, though in these parts it's 14 degrees celsius above the average summer temperatures. These heat waves often claim the lives of the elderly especially since they may live alone, don't have air conditioning and houses are designed for cold weather so keep the heat trapped.
Today the Gayatri Chanting concluded and an hour later the heavens opened and we had a wonderful thunderstorm and some cooling rain. Looking at the temperatures this week, we are back down to the mid 20s. The cool weather is much appreciated and we are really appreciating it at this moment. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Jai Sai Ram
…..I wish to share this miraculous story as it may inspire and reinforce the power of prayer. This event certainly has shown us yet again the sublime and awesome power of prayer.
My mother became unconscious after suffering from a sudden brain injury and was hospitalized in Coimbatore, India. On 13 June 2020 around 10:00 am her pulse immediately dropped to a dangerously low rate of forty. Our entire family including my sister, brother, and I were praying to Swami to do whatever is best for her. At that moment I reflected on the loving service of my mother in the divine mission of the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation of India as a Seva Dal for more than two decades. I prayed for Swami to grant her one more day to participate in the Global Gayatri prayers. To the astonishment of the doctor, her pulse suddenly improved and returned to normal. Even though my mother was unconscious, she participated in the Global Gayatri Prayers for the entire 24 hours. Approximately one hour after the Mangala Arati and conclusion of this holy prayer session, she peacefully breathed her last.
This sublime, uplifting event in my life occurred at a time which was also filled with great anxiety and grief. This strengthened my faith in prayer. At the perfect time, Swami answered my prayer and also my mother’s. It has often been said that God’s only weakness is He has to respond to His devotees’ prayers. We once again thank you and your team for the hard work and dedication in conducting this prayer session. It was professionally done. The darshan of Swami kept us tuned with Him during the entire time……
…..Thanks to you all for the global celebrations. It brought Prasanthi into our homes. Seeing the global representation and participation from the comfort of our homes was a blessing. The tech and media team have worked very hard to make it a perfect presentation……
Infinite gratitude our Bhagavan and your param Bhakta team ...
- the Guru Poornima Program enriched with abundance of Bhagavan's teachings, indulged in Vedanta, Upanishad's wisdom, justified with Sastras, filled with the butter taste of Puranas and it's love ocean ....
Sweetened with Sri Sathya Sai's life story ...as the true path for the universe .....
Finally .. really you all brought us to the center of gravity ....Guru Padam
The clarity ...so clean ...
Om Sri Sai Ram
…..Firstly let me tell you that all devotees were very happy & blessed to be connected to Swami through the Gurupoornima Program.
The quality of the picture & the sound was superb.
Loving Sai Rams
……Thank you for arranging the wonderful Guru Poornima program, I have thoroughly enjoyed both programs. I usually do not get time to attend the program when we are in Parthi, though this time I enjoyed it.
Thank you for the wonderful program………
Aum Sai Ram
…. truly a world-class professional production!
….Sai Ram, it was a blissful experience.
A special thank you to all the devotees who made this possible…...
……….Today's programmes were excellent and spiritually uplifting - A to Z of both programmes were fantastic. I know this required a lot of effort and energy. Congratulations to all involved. May Swami bless all who have helped in taking Swami's Mission and Teachings forward………..
Sai Ram and love
…..I want to congratulate all of you for such wonderful work you have done in the preparation and execution of the First Global Online SSIO Guru Poornima Celebrations. All was just Sai excellent!!! Thank you to all for your intense and dedicated Seva……
Sai Ram Dear Team,
……..Thank you all for your dedication and hard work to render a heartfelt program with excellent dubbing in local languages. I know how difficult it must have been with the translations. My sincere congratulations and kudos to your excellent technical team for delivering an inspiring program in a short time……..
Thank you kindly.
…….. entire program was amazing. The dedication, determination, and discipline in making out the program was great. Hats off to all the coordinators and the participants. Uncle's speech made me internalize myself.
All the selected Swami's discourses were apt to the point.
This program guides me on how a program should be organized…….
Thank you once again.
…….It was amazing! And so well prepared! We can see a lot of work done by All of You! Thank You from the bottom of my heart!
God bless You! Love to All!
The Global event was a success and many congratulations on its organisation.
….I particularly appreciated the fact that as you moved around the various regions you could see regional representatives participating (via zoom I assume) which was heart-warming - I could fully appreciate the global reach of the event and the community of the SSIO.
The continuous video of Sai Baba as a setting for the Gayatri Chanting was a beautiful focus and it is difficult to describe in words the impact this had - writing this email my heart feels - that is it - I’m actually feeling my heart space and am at peace and feel connected.
I hope this event will be repeated - such joy you have brought to so many……
Aum Sai Ram
…..Commendations on the highest quality presentation from Sathya Sai Org that has been seen in quite a while. Happy to see the organization carrying on in the same calibre of excellence as when Baba Sai inhabited the physical form. His presence was felt and perceived very strongly during the live broadcast.
May programs of this excellence continue to carry on the light of our Divine Father. The time and sincere effort put into this presentation are apparent.
Thank you with sincere gratitude……..
……I would say this is not possible without good leaders whose dedication and commitment were true inspiration to all of us. The love and support from Prasanthi Council kept us going continuously. We are blessed to be part of this divine mission……
Jai Sai Ram.
Om Sri Sai Ram
Blessed Guru Purnima to you both!
I felt so proud to be a part of the SSIO, as we watched the offerings rendered with so much love, Swami I could feel it, would say how “ Happy.. challa santhosham” and how proud HE is of each one of you! The musical renditions were just spectacular and a treat from the choreography, to the presentation to the outpouring of love ...was palpable.
Thanks to the Prasanthi Council for their diligence, for the work that you all do as ambassadors of Sai across the globe translating HIS teachings into actions!
Om Sri Sai Ram